March 5, 2000
Volume 10, Number 10


Last Sunday we concluded our studies on the eldership. At this time, we would like to ask members of the congregation to submit the names of any men that meet the qualifications of elders and could serve the congregation in this capacity.

Below is a list of the qualifications of elders as found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We ask that you study these thoroughly and consider these qualifications as you submit names. We ask that names be submitted in writing.

Please submit any names to Jim Treece, Clarence Riggenbach or Jim Dougan.

We ask that all names be submitted by March 26th.

After the names are submitted - the men whose names are submitted, will be contacted as to whether they would desire to serve in this capacity. The names of those who would be willing to serve and are scripturally qualified would then be placed before the congregation again—to allow time to see if there are any scriptural objections to someone serving as an elder.

Following the above procedures, if there are men who are scripturally qualified and willing to serve as elders, a date will be set for their formal appointment as elders of the church of Christ of Venice.

Qualifications of Elders ...................................................

1 Timothy 3:1-7

Husband of one wife.
Of good behaviour.
Given to hospitality.
Apt to teach.
Not given to wine.
No striker.
Not greedy of filthy lucre.
Not a brawler.
Not covetous.
One that ruleth his own house well.
Not a novice.
Good report from them which are without.

Titus 1:5-9

Husband of one wife.
Having faithful children.
Not self-willed.
Not soon angry.
Not given to wine.
No striker.
Not given to filthy lucre.
A lover of hospitality.
A lover of good men.
Holding fast the faithful word.
Able by sound doctrine to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

King James Version

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Violins & Christians

Centuries ago there lived in Italy a maker of violins, Antonio Stradivarius. When he became able to have a work shop of his own he made it a rule, that no violin should ever leave the shop until it was as near to perfection as human care and skill could make it. He said,

“God needs violins to send his music into the world, and if my violins are defective, God’s music will be spoiled.”

More than violins, God needs Christians to send the gospel light into all the world (Mark 16:15-16; Mat. 28:19-20). God needs genuine Christians. Christians that are full of faith and good works. Christians that are a light to a world that is lost (Mat. 6:14-16).

As Christians, if we are not what we should be, our Christian light will be spoiled (Cf. 2 Cor. 4:3). If we have the wrong attitude, offensive speech and sinful habits—all of these will destroy the influence that God wants us each of us to have. Let us strive to truly be Christians.


Remember in Prayers:

Bill Sherman - Ersel Riggenbach

Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier



Sympathy Notes: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth O’Connor at the passing of her sister on Wednesday morning. Also to Bill & Jeanne Sherman at the passing of Bill’s mother on Friday evening.

Ladies Class: Mondays at 11:00 am

This Sunday : Fellowship Meal following our morning service
Plan of Salvation: I am currently working on this page which will be linked to our homepage. Bro. Dan Winkler wrote an presentation which he has allowed me to use on our site. For a preview click on the article entitled "If I Really Want To Go To Heaven, I Must ..."

Wednesday Class: Jeremiah, chapter 6. 6:30 pm.

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Precepts & Principles" (2 Samuel 6:1-19)

"Anger " (Numbers 20:1-12)

Ghana ...

64 baptized from three villages near Bunkpurugu. This is one of the towns that we preached and conducted a mobile medical clinic in last year. Children hauled water from a well in a donkey cart to fill the portable baptistry. There was such interest that the baptistry was left there. Bunkpurugu is located on the Togo border and will be a launching point for us to reach out into that area in the future.

Hopeless situations are reminders that we are helpless without God.


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Delbert Leavens

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Don Douglas


Dale Schwartz

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Delbert Leavens



$ 1358.13
Dick Navarre
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Don Douglas
Mike Weber
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1880.79

James Bowman

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